After Wednesday’s defeat the Bucks (still without Middleton) win 111-81 in Chicago and go up 2-1 in the series
After two unconvincing performances the Bucks raise the level of concentration and destroy the Bulls. The absence of the injured Middleton (he will also miss the rest of the series) does not stop Milwaukee, which after the defeat in Wednesday’s match resumes its path dominating Chicago at the United Center. The Bucks win 111-81 and thus regain the advantage of the home factor. Too confusing in attack the Bulls who never find rhythm from the field, immediately go under and can no longer get up.
The United Center finds the postseason after five years and is ready to explode. The atmosphere, however, is not enough to drag the home team that comes out of the contracted blocks and immediately goes into difficulty against the defense of Milwaukee. Portis’ triples set the record straight, the Bucks want to get back on track after the slip in race-2 and show concentration and intensity. Giannis doesn’t even have to work overtime and Middleton’s absence doesn’t affect the reigning champions. Milwaukee immediately took the reins of the match, then with the entrance of Allen – whistled openly for the famous intervention that knocked out Caruso (broken wrist) in January -, Milwaukee runs away. The former Duke star immediately became familiar with his long-range shot and his triples brought the Bucks to +18 in the final of the first quarter.
The Chicago attack is a very small thing. Vucevic tries to limit the damage but DeRozan and LaVine struggle too much, Giannis’ acceleration in the second quarter knocks out the hosts. Milwaukee places the partial 13-0, the Bulls respond in the final of the first half but still go to the rest late by 19 lengths. The script does not change in the shot. Milwaukee does what it wants on an offensive level and Chicago continues to fight with the basket. Allen picks up where he left off, Portis scores important baskets and the reigning champions put the result in the safe, touching the more than comfortable +29. Giannis is thus limited to ordinary administration and the last quarter practically becomes a long garbage time. “We played a good game – underlines at the end the coach of the Bucks, Mike Budenholzer – the production of the bench was decisive. Allen? He has great confidence in himself and this evening he made a difference ”. “The teams that win the titles know how to respond after bad performances – says, instead, Chicago manager Billy Donovan – and tonight Milwaukee produced a great game. They shot well while we struggled a lot in attack ”.
Chicago:Vucevic 19 (5/8, 3/9), LaVine 15, DeRozan 11. Rebounds: White 8. Assists: Dosunmu, LaVine 5.
Milwaukee: Allen 22 (3/5, 5/7, 1/1 tl), Antetokounmpo, Portis 18. Rebounds: Portis 16. Assist: Antetokounmpo 9.
April 23, 2022 (change April 23, 2022 | 08:00)
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